Author Archives: marcogibbo

Honorable Men

  Shakespeare was right My Old Man knew it And the Founding Fathers agreed   Greed, fear, and jealousy drive Humanity goosestepping toward the edge Desperate men are easily conned   The dupes, the pawns, the patsies spin A little … Continue reading

Posted in Updates | 1 Comment

THE KID

It didn’t seem fair to the horse trying to buck him off, Benny’s feet almost dragging in the arena dirt. Literally he was larger than life for this butch-waxed, popcorn muncher sporting four-inch rolled-up cuffs on his husky jeans. Benny … Continue reading

Posted in Updates | Leave a comment

Bravery

may be confused often with arrogance and stupidity, chest thumping, posing, the fear of backing down, being perceived as weak or afraid, afraid to be compared to women, the weaker sex real men must protect from the other real men … Continue reading

Posted in Updates | Leave a comment

Nirvana Unlocked

The inmates sit In a circle On a cement slab Behind bars   One blames self-made Bad luck—one points to rage Just one names cowardice More claim anger and hate   They’ll never leave here And all agree their choices … Continue reading

Posted in Updates | 2 Comments

I Should Have Played The Piccolo

  For years I never thought Myself a poet— I didn’t understand Most of the poetry I’d read Or care to decode it— That convoluted Cryptic high-dollar lingo I needed Webster To help me plow through And still never knew … Continue reading

Posted in Updates | Leave a comment

Threading The Needle

Mother’s sewing box sat atop The Old Man’s chest of drawers. It was made of cedar covered with tin, painted gold, the lid hinged. It held thread and needles, stick pins and safety pins, lace, yarn, razor blades and two … Continue reading

Posted in Updates | Leave a comment

DEAD LIFT

The Hyster battery is dead again. You hook up the charger, turn the dial to boost. Better check the drip buckets, snow on the roof, the sun’s been blazing all morning. The pack van’s loaded with scrap cardboard for a … Continue reading

Posted in Updates | Leave a comment

Jackknife

Lying on one side, bottom facing me, you’re a customized mid-sixties Chevy nose and grill, the horizontal lines of the Case three-blade pocket design. Around back I see the cluster of folded shanks pressed tight, aligned, begging mechanical action. Always … Continue reading

Posted in Updates | Leave a comment

THE MEANING OF LIFE

  The earthy gravity of Seamus Heaney’s poems and the sweet taste of John Powers whiskey mixed with a few foot-surgery Percocets   could explain the face droop I feel, the heavy shallow breaths, but on top of the dumb-slow … Continue reading

Posted in Updates | Leave a comment

THE RIVER QUEEN

Cleopatra does vaudeville as the bells chime in time, in time—   the pushy broad is no mime, yet she swirls white-faced, she kneels, she dips—   the pushy broad is the writer of this Black-Geisha script reaching palms open, … Continue reading

Posted in Updates | Leave a comment